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What if even King James and the NBA’s Best, Can’t Save America?


Lebron is hoping to help the USA return to world dominance. Graphic Created by Samuel Ortega (Instagram)
Lebron is hoping to help the USA return to world dominance. Graphic Created by Samuel Ortega (Instagram)

In a world where basketball's global dominance is no longer a given, the call to arms has been sounded. LeBron James, the undisputed King of the NBA, is on a mission to resurrect the glory of USA Basketball in the 2024 Olympics. He's not going alone; he's assembling a dream team of his own, with luminaries like Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant by his side. The question that hangs in the air is simple yet haunting: Can they succeed where the NBA B-Team failed?

Lebron James has fond memories of bring the USA back to the top spot in the World. Photo Credit Lebron James Instagram
Lebron James has fond memories of bringing the USA back to the top spot in the World. Photo Credit Lebron James Instagram

The tale of the 2023 USA team is a cautionary one. They soared to greatness in the quarterfinals, obliterating Italy 100-63, with rising stars like Mikal Bridges (24 points), Tyrese Haliburton (18 points) , and Austin Reaves (12 points) shining bright. However, the euphoria was short-lived. A crushing defeat to Germany in the semifinals followed by a disheartening loss to Canada in the third-place game left the nation stunned and humbled.


The world has caught up in the realm of basketball, no longer content to be mere spectators. Every corner of the globe now boasts NBA-caliber talent, making the Olympics a fierce battleground. The days of American supremacy are wavering, and LeBron James knows it.



At times you can’t really tell that we are not seeing peak Lebron James, but we all know it. Photo Credit: Lebron James Instagram Page
At times you can’t really tell that we are not seeing peak Lebron James, but we all know it. Photo Credit: Lebron James Instagram Page

LeBron, at 38, Curry at 35, and Durant at 34, are no longer in their prime. The opposition fields a cadre of young, dominating NBA stars led by the likes of Giannis, Luka, Wemby, Jokic, and Gobert. The recent NBA finals even saw LeBron eclipsed by the unstoppable force that is The Joker, Nikola Jokic. It raises the daunting prospect: what if even sending the very best is no longer enough?



If the USA team is going to win their going to need some of their young talent like Zion Williamson. Photo Credit: Zion Williamson Instagram
If the USA team is going to win their going to need some of their young talent like Zion Williamson. Photo Credit: Zion Williamson Instagram

In this quest for redemption, the USA must lure young superstars like Zion Williamson and Lamelo Ball to stand alongside the seasoned champions. Ja Morant, if he can stay out of trouble, should be on the list too. Retaining talents like Anthony Edwards, Bridges, and Brandon Ingram is equally vital. It's not just about winning; it's about proving that America can adapt and evolve in the ever-changing landscape of global basketball.


For, in a world where victory is no longer guaranteed, the true measure of greatness lies not just in the triumph but in the willingness to face a leveled playing field. The King and his chosen comrades are coming, not just to save America but to remind the world that champions adapt, and to remind the world that when it comes to basketball, in the voice of Denzel on Training Day, "You just live here ... we run xxxx (things) here"

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